ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St. Forest Grove, OR


MESSAGE FROM THE VICAR
excerpt from the April Good News Letter


​Alleluia Christ is Risen!


              Welcome to Eastertide, the season in the church year the festival of Christ’s resurrection. The annual Easter festival is also known as pascha, Christian Passover, or the eighth day of creation. Easter is our principal feast because the resurrection is a fundamental tenet of Christianity. As we celebrate Easter we observe at the same time the rebirth of the life as spring arrives and we hear again the ancient stories of God’s deliverance. According to the venerable St. Bede, the word Easter comes from the name Eostre, who was an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. English Christians applied Easter to their primary feast day and time period of the church year.

  In the western Church, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the vernal equinox. As a result, Easter can be as early as March 22 and as late as April 25. Eastern Orthodox Christians observe Easter the first Sunday after the Jewish Passover, which often makes the eastern date of Easter later than western. The reason that our Easter Vigil begins at sunset is that we follow the Jewish custom of beginning the feast of Easter at sunset.

  One of the wonderful things about Easter is that it is not merely a day but also a Church season known as the Great Fifty Days, which runs from Easter Eve to Pentecost (meaning fiftieth day). Often in Eastertide some of us Episcopalians do not say the confession as part of the Eucharist service as we have had the opportunity in Lent to offer our sins to God. Eastertide is a time to celebrate that death does not have the last say and that love is stronger than hate. It is a time to remember that death no longer has dominion over us. We get a whole season to play this out even as we bring the alleluias back into our worship, which we put away during Lent. You may hear a couple of alleluias added to the dismissal during Eastertide as well. The collects for the day during this time focus on the resurrection and the Eastertide color for worship is white or gold. During the Great Fifty Days it is also the general custom to burn the Paschal candle during worship services. In many Christian traditions including Anglicanism it is customary during this time to greet one another with the Paschal greeting of some type. We do this in our church as well. In The Episcopal Church the opening acclamation for Holy Eucharist during Eastertide is, “Alleluia Christ is Risen,” to which the response is “The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!” (www.episcopalchurch.org)

  I enjoyed learning first-hand about the rigors of Holy Week services and the delight of celebrating Easter with all of you. I was so tired, but equally rejoicing after our first Easter together. I am blessed to be worshipping with you all.

The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Marlene+

          

April - Celebrations & Events

1     Festival Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
2     Bible Study, 2:30pm, Library
3     Game Night, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall
4     Holy Eucharist, 10am, Chapel
5     Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel, followed by Pub  
       Fellowship at Kings Head
7     Brotherhood of St. Andrew, 8am, Fellowship Hall
8     Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
       Adult Form, 9am, Chapel
       Sunday School, 9:50am, Classroom
       Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
9     Bible Study, 2pm, Library
11   Morning Prayer, 10am, Chapel
12   Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel, followed by Pub
       Fellowship at Kings Head
14   Stitchery, 9am, Fellowship Hall
15   Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
       Adult Forum, 9am, Fellowship Hall
       Sunday School, 9:45am, Classroom
       Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
       Pastoral Care Mtg, following Eucharist, Vicar’s Office
16   Bible Study, 2pm, Library
18   Holy Eucharist, 10am, Chapel
       BAC, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall
19   Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel, followed by Pub
       Fellowship at Kings Head
20   Brotherhood of St. Andrew Men’s Retreat Begoms
22   Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
       Adult Form, 9am, Chapel
       Sunday School, 9:50am, Classroom
       Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
23   Bible Study, 2pm, Library
24   Community Hands Up, 4pm, All Saints, Hillsboro
       Dairy Creek Community Food Web, 6pm, Fellowship Hall
25   Morning Prayer, 10am, Chapel
26   Evening Prayer, 5pm, followed by Pub
       Fellowship at Kings Head
29   Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
       Adult Forum, 9am, Fellowship Hall
       Sunday School, 9:45am, Classroom
       Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
30   Bible Study, 2pm, Library

We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace.

Christian Education and Formation

From now until the Festival of Pentecost (May 20th)  I am hoping we will travel together, preparing ourselves to fully receive again the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.  With your help and direction I hope to put together a series of Adult Forums where we will learn to support and sustain each other for the challenges ahead.  There are always challenges ahead.  Do make a decision to join us.  Childcare will be provided from 9.00 am  through the end of the Eucharist Worship service.   

Sunday School - Sundays 10.00 to 10.40 am
Because right now it is somewhat uncertain how many young people will show up for time together on Sunday mornings I am choosing to read together from the Caldecott Honor Children’s Books.  Those that can read choose to do the reading and we discuss the themes and the gorgeous illustrations.

April 8th. " A Different Pond “  A father teaches his son to fish and tells him of a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam and of a world much bigger than the one the son knows.

Bible Study, Mondays 2.30 to 4.00 pm.  Library Room.
Change of pace as we complete our studies in St Mark’s Gospel.  We read and discuss a chapter a week. We should finish our study of Mark by May 7th.   Then we plan to study how the disciples lived in community after Pentecost.  We will be studying the beginning chapters of Acts of the Apostles until we break for the Summer.